The Lake Waco Wetlands was established as a partial mitigation for habitat loss. Strong community support and interest has resulted in numerous environmental education and research opportunities. Please see full story by Land and Water Magazine.
Baylor University's Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research has been selected to partner with SciGirls Connect, a national effort with the goal of getting young girls engaged in the scientific field. Please see full story by Tonya B Lewis.
Plenty of people care about the environment and the quality of life for humans and animals, but not many have the opportunity to directly impact on the future of our planet. Baylor University’s Dr. Bryan Brooks, professor of environmental science and biomedical studies, is one of the lucky few. Please see full story by Baylor Proud.
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, will lead the research core on a four-year, $4.4 million project aimed at designing chemicals and materials that are less toxic to humans and the environment. Please see full story by Tonya Lewis with Baylor Media.
Dr. Jason Berninger, Baylor Ph.D. graduate now a National Research Council Associate (NRC) with the US EPA in Duluth, MN is featured on page 8-9 of the Winter 2013-14 edition of the NRC Research Associateship Program Newsletter entitled, "Lemon Shark to Aquatic Toxicology". Please see attached article for full details.
The Sustainability in the Swamp Teacher Workshop will be held February 21-22 (Friday-Saturday) 2014 at the Lake Waco Wetlands. Deadline for applications will be December 15, 2013. Pls see link for further information and application.
Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, died on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Article by William Dickie, The New York Times.
Now, for the first time researchers have used the earwax to study a whale's exposure to ocean contaminants from birth to death. "This has opened the floodgates for doing some great analysis," says Sascha Usenko of Baylor University, Waco, Texas. "Now we can look at the impact of ocean contaminants on these organisms historically, which has always been very hard to address." Please see article by Alyssa A Botelho for full details.
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Please see article by Tonya B. Lewis for full details.
On June 14th, 10 educators attended a workshop in Corpus Christi, TX to learn about PPCP's in the environment. The educators were a mix of both formal classroom teachers from area school districts and informal educators from the Texas Master Naturalist Program. Complete report by Melissa Mullins, Baylor University Environmental Educator, in Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant & University of Illinois Extension.
Studies suggest a common sealant using coal tar contains hazardous chemicals that elevate lifetime cancer risk. So some cities and states are banning its use. The product gradually wears off and breaks down into particles that are washed off by rain into streams, blown by wind or tracked into homes on the soles of shoes. Complete report by Wendy Koch, Sci-Tech Today
Study conducted by Dr. E. Spencer Williams, et al., finds children who live adjacent to structures covered in coal-tar-based pavement sealant are at higher risk for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exposure.
Environmental Pollution, vol 164, May 2012, pgs. 40-41
Graduate student Eleanor Robinson, with environmental scientist Sascha Usenko and biologist Stephen Trumble, all at Baylor University in Texas, have worked out an analytical method to quantify the compounds sequestered in whale earwax to determine levels of exposure to contaminants.
Bikram Subedi, a chemistry doctoral student working with Dr. Sascha Usenko, assistant professor of environmental science, won second place for a best student platform and oral presentation and Bowen Du, an ecological, earth and environmental sciences doctoral student working with Dr. Bryan Brooks, professor and graduate program director of environmental science, won third place for best student poster presentations.
An article by Dr. Ryan S. King, associate professor of biology at Baylor University, has been selected and evaluated by the Faculty of 1000 (F1000), a database of more than 100,000 evaluations of the top 2 percent of published articles in biology and medicine.
From the office of the Vice Provost for Research -- Dr. George Cobb, chair of the Department of Environmental Science, is the president of SETAC North America and organizer of the Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) program. The PASI program (sponsored in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation), funds courses that bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and established investigators from North and South America to discuss important problems in science and engineering.